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Saving Incoming Weasels Time: Medical and Finance Join Forces

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  • By Airman 1st Class Mariana Tafur
  • 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Team Shaw cuts down time and helps Airmen integrate faster into the workforce by unifying finance and medical through a new combined in-process for incoming Airmen at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Nov. 2, 2023.
“Typically when somebody gets to a new installation, they don’t know how to transfer their Tricare, get a PCM automatically, etc.,” said Master Sgt. Marcus Wright 20th Force Support Squadron military personnel flight chief. “Which could result in delays the first time you need to be seen by a medical provider.”
Team Shaw’s solution to this problem was to conduct their first integrated in-processing with medical and finance, which ensured members received both briefings, accomplished the required steps and cut total in-processing time for both processes from 30-40 minutes each to 15-20 minutes total.
“This blended in-processing allows airmen to complete both medical and finance in a single consolidated session,” said 2nd Lt. Tyler Langan, 20th Fighter Wing Comptroller Squadron financial operations flight commander. “Ensuring Team Weasels’ pay and travel entitlements are accurately updated as well as maintaining medical readiness leads to overall mission success.”
As time progresses, Shaw aims to work towards expanding the combined in-process briefing to establish a “one-stop-shop” for all newly arriving Airmen in a centralized location; decreasing transition time for Airmen and their families while streamlining operations and workload for on-boarding agencies.
"Establishing this new blended in-processing with medical and finance is setting up future Shaw members for success,” said Maj. Andrea Mayfield, 20th Fighter Wing Medical health care integrator. “Weasel readiness is at an all time high and with this program we are saving all of our Airmen time."